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West Union, Fayette Co., Iowa

09 Dec 1903

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The Villagers Indulgee in an Old Fashioned Hunt and Wind up With, a big Oyster Supper.  Our informant tells us that on last Thursday, Dec. 3, twenty-eight of those interested in hunting gathered at the store of Charlie Strickland, in West Auburn, for the purpose of organizing and choosing sides for an old-fashioned hunting match. Ed Billmyer, with Charlie Strickland to drive his conveyance, got the north side of the river, and Sam Musser, with Allen Descent to do the coachman act, drew the south side of the famous Turkey. Charlie Strickland dropped anchor at Nick Winter's, and about noon Captain Billmyer declared a round-up of game at the same point. Billmyer's gang had already corralled about twenty-five rabbits and some other small game, but the historian fails to state what the net results of the Musser party were. He does not forget to mention, however, that Dave Musser got excited and took a shot at Martin Fels burro, under the impression,that it (the burro), was a Dakota jack rabbit. Owing to Dave's good marksmanship the burro was left unharmed, with the exception of one of it's lengthy ears. After following it's trail "for some time Dave met up with Isaac Grimes, who also had taken a fling at the poor burro, hitting him just where Dave had left off and causing the lumbering beast's gait to become more like that of a jack rabbit. But not until the boys had traveled up hill and down dale in an eager chase after what they supposed was a monster specimen of the genius Jack Rabbit, did they meet up with Captain Billmyer, who had seen the burro a half hour before nursing his bruised ear in a spring of cold water half a mile below them.

After the Captain's benediction the boys returned to the wagon to find Strick gone to the woods to face the enemy alone. In an attempt to retreat down a considerable slope Charlie slipped and fell, and owing to his great weight he carried with him the barbed wire from three fences, besides sticks and stones in no inconsiderable quantity. He lost part of his hunting jacket and the rear end of his trousers in the mix-up with the barb wire. As he struck the foot of the hill his gun went off, but fortunately none of the other members of the party were in range.

About six p. m. most of the party had reached the store and Captain Billmyer's team was jubilant with a score of sixty-one to fifty-five, but just before the closing hour Loyd Eastman, Harry and Loyd Tupper came in with twenty-two scores, changing the entire tone of the crowd and placing victory where defeat was most apparent.

Captain Billmyer's crowd put up the oysters at the town hall on Saturday evening and the boys are hoping that they may have another hunt before the winter is over. Dave Musser says that the meanest thing in the whole day's business was that he was unable to go on account, of work, and that they rung him in on the losing side. This story of Dave's doesn't quite agree with that of the other members of the party, who declare that Dave shot the burro. But we will let it go at that.
Gene Hoyt, the four year old son of Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Hoyt, was very severely scalded, one day last week, by backing into a pan of hot water sitting on the floor. The little fellow was playing in another room with his dogs, and unknown to Mrs. Hoyt came into the room where she was at work. She had the pan of water on the floor and 'Gene, absorbed in his play with the dogs, backed into the pan, falling over backward into the boiling hot water. His limbs and the lower part of his body were cruelly burned and scalded, but under the careful attention of Dr. E. A . Ainsworth he is getting along nicely.
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Having arranged to dissolve partnership December 1st, we ask all those indebted to us on account, to kindly call and settle before that date. Yours truly, Smith & Butler
Mrs. A.M. Smith, Life Consort o f a Pioneer Methodist Minister, Dies at Fayette, December 1.
After a week's illness from her old enemy, heart disease, Mrs. Rocksy Smith passed peacefully to rest last Tuesday morning, Dec. 1, full of years and with a glorious record behind her as a Christian worker. Funeral services were held from the M. E. church on Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Cattermole officiating, and the remains were laid at rest beside those of her husband in beautiful Grand View cemetery. The W.C.T.U., of which organization she was a devoted member, attended the funeral in a body.

Rocksy Strait was born on the 2nd. day of July, 1818, in Stockholm, N.Y. , and passed from this earthly life Dec. 1st, 1903, aged 85 years, 4 months and 29 days. She lived with her parents at home until on the 3rd. of August, 1837, she was married to Rev. Alban Smith, of the Oneida Conference, N.Y., with whom she passed through the vicissitudes of a Methodist itinerant's life, until his death on Dec. 25th, 1891. The young preacher and his bride began housekeeping Oct. 25, 1837, in the town of De Kalb, Lawrence county, N.Y. For twenty years they worked together in the ministry, in New York state, first in Oneida, and afterward in the Black River Conference.

In 1859 her husband was transferred to Upper Iowa Conference, and their residence ever afterward remained within the bounds of this Conference. In 1880, because of advancing age, her husband concluded to retire from the active ranks, and Fayette was chosen as their permanent home, because of the privileges of the school and congenial surroundings. Mrs. Smith was one of ten children in her father's family, all of whom have passed on before, except one sister, Mrs. Munger, who has outrun her in the race of life, and though two and one-half years older than the deceased, promises to continue with the blessing of her presence among us for a good while to come.

To Mr. and Mrs. Smith were born three children, two girls and one boy. Of these Mrs. Celia Berkstresser, of Fayette, and Albert Gary Smith of Nebraska, remain to mourn the departure of the aged mother.

She was baptized by immersion when twelve years of age, and united with the church at 17, thus having lived the Christian life 73 years, and being a member of the Methodist church sixty eight years.

All through the active ministry she was a great help to her husband and of use in the hands of the Master. Gifted in an unusual degree with the power of song and prayer, she employed them for the building of His kingdom in the saving of souls.

Many in Fayette remember well her remarkably sweet voice, and the flow of fervent language in supplication. She was poetical by nature, writing considerable verse, and loving especially the old hymns, scores of which she had committed to memory, and was able to sing or repeat them up to a few days of her death.
In Cedar Falls the other day a Catholic Priest presided over a meeting addressed by a woman who spoke for temperance and the meeting was held in a Methodist Episcopal church. Rockford Register. Rev. A.J. Wheeler, D.D., the preacher and temperance orator, who brought tears into the eyes of the citizens of Iowa Falls last year by his great temperance lectures in the M. E. church, was placed in jail last week because he defrauded Mrs. Caroline Strain, of LeGrand, Iowa, out of $1,000. Exchange.
A few days ago one of West Unions pet dogs (tail cut in the latest style), strayed out to my farm, acting very strange. Mr. Mishler put it in the barn basement over night. On letting it out in the morning it was frothing at the mouth and seemed to be blind. Sam shot it. The owner, calling within thirty days, can have his property by paying for one night's lodging and the powder. J.F. Smith.
I have been patient and long-suffering but now I need and must have money. If you are owing me come in now. W.W. Peebles
Gunder Johnson, Aged Eighty, Found Dead in A Water Hole on Bartelson Creek, Dover.
Our Eldorado correspondent sends us particulars of the death of Gunder Johnson, aged resident of that village who started to walk down the river to see some friends. This was Nov. 14. He did not reach his destination, but this was not known until two weeks later, when his body was found in a hole some six or eight feet deep on the Bartelson creek, frozen stiff On November 27th., nearly two weeks after Mr. Johnson had disappeared, P. Paulson, making a short cut across by the Bartelson creek, found the old man's body in the hole as above indicated. In trying to pass by the place he had apparently missed his footing and toppled in, and being bruised and stunned by the fall was unable to get out, consequently froze to death. The discovery of his body was the merest accident. He bad in his pockets when found a watch and about $40 in money. The funeral was held from the frame church near Ossian on the Tuesday following the finding of the body, Rev. Stenerson officiating. The old man had no relatives. His wife was burned to death some years ago when their house was destroyed by fire. She was an aunt of Halver and Austin Paulson. Deceased was more than eighty years of age and had been a resident of Fayette county for many years.
The annual meeting of the shareholders of the Fayette County Savings Bank, of West Union, Iowa, for the election of seven directors and for the transaction of such other business as may properly come before the meeting, will be held in the directors' room of the Fayette County National Bank, on Tuesday, January 12th, 1904, at4 o'clock p.m. C.D. Lathrop, Treasurer. December 9th, 1903.
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It pains us more than we can tell this morning, to be compelled to chronicle the fact that George Scobey, of Fayette, has gone hopelessly insane. Some weeks ago he went with his wife to Lincoln, Neb., in hopes that a complete rest would restore him to health and ward off the threatened attack of nervous prostration. For a time he seemed to get better and hopes were entertained that his complete recovery would eventually take place, but latterly he grew worse and his removal to the hospital at Independence occurred last Sunday. His malady comes as the result of a physical injury to his spine received some years since, and from a clot of blood on the brain. It is a sad ending to an active, busy life. Mr. Scobey is but fifty-two years of age.
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